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Tea Syrup

Tea syrup
Image: / Tim Nusog

Tea syrup, essentially a tea-infused simple syrup, can be used in drinks in the same way as its plain sibling, sweetening and flavoring cocktails as well as sweet tea or lemonade, and it’s easy to prepare: To make it, you essentially brew a cup of tea as you normally would but a bit stronger, then combine with an equal amount of sugar and stir to dissolve. 

The type of tea to use depends on the recipe for which you’re using the syrup and the other flavors it will join in the cocktail. A drink using Japanese whisky will often call for a tea syrup made with green tea, as in the High Tide, while one incorporating citrus juice might pair nicely with the bergamot flavors in Earl Grey tea, as in Pamela Wiznitzer’s Tea & C Time and a rum-based drink might call for the classic baking-spice flavors of chai.


  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tea bags (or 1 1/2 teaspoons tea leaves)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Bring the water to the usual steeping temperature for the type of tea you’re using.

  2. Steep the tea for the usual amount of time.

  3. Remove the tea and add the sugar, stirring to dissolve.

  4. Allow to cool completely before using. Will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 2 weeks.